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Assignment Questions

Children’s Book

Children’s Book (two parts)
Part One: The Book (10-20 pages, words and images) At least 10 pages
Part Two: Critical Reflection (approximately 1000 words) At least 4 pages
I want to model: Dr. Seuss Subject: The problem with lying

This unit has two parts: a book and a critical reflection. The book will be geared toward children in the first or second grade. You will need to research the qualities and characteristics of books targeting this audience. How do they use visuals? How do they use text? What level of vocabulary do they use? What do we know about kids this age? Where are they at developmentally? What kind of generalizations could you draw about this audience that would help you make decisions as the author of the book?

This is a research project, and you are researching in at least two directions. First, you need to read and research about kids’ books. This could be primary research. Who is writing the kinds of book you want to model your book after? Or it could be secondary. What is said about them? What do the “experts” say about these kinds of books? Second, you need to research the content of the book (a subject of your choosing that stems from an issue or topic or theory in your academic discipline, major, minor, or other area of interest. You need to understand the subject you are trying to translate for your young
audience. You need to think about how the act of translation is transforming the nature of that knowledge. Does simplifying a complex subject change the subject? Do you know the subject well enough not to lose sight of its “essence” (whatever that may be)?

The critical reflection should take up these questions. If the target audience for the
book is the kids (and it is??”but it’s often their parents??”the ones who buy and share the book, too), then the target audience for the reflection is the class (your peers and
I). Use this space to explain your project. Describe the research. Make a case for the value of your book. We will talk about how you might deliver this project (hard copy, etc.) but you will use ts and the eportfolio platform to submit draft work, bibliographies, your critical reflection and whatever else you think might enhance this project.

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